What are the benefits of solid wood flooring?
A big advantage that solid wood flooring has – and a place where it tends to get one over its engineered brethren – is in its application. Whilst many of our thick engineered floors are incredibly durable, it does sometimes limit their usage, as they are heavier. This is where solid wood takes control. Being less bulky, solid authentic wood can be used on every surface; walls, ceilings and floors can all be covered in these timbers, adding much needed character to spaces. Take our Woodworks by Ted Todd Bold Surfaces
for example. Many of these woods, such as the reclaimed solid oak flooring Temno
, are packed with exciting colours and intriguing textures that draw both the eye and the hand across a surface. Available in plank and herringbone, Temno even hosts a 4mm wear layer, meaning you can return these individual blocks and boards back to their former glory time and time again throughout the years. This ability to restore is yet another tick in the box for solid wood flooring. Whilst vinyl and other manmade alternatives may seem an attractive choice, value engineering your project using such can be a huge financial negative in the long run. A wooden floor is a lifetime investment, making it a better choice for yourself and for the planet. Maintaining these floors throughout the decades of endurance is an easy feat too. Rather than a scratch completely ruining your floor, you can softly sand down the top layer, or use one of our Care Systems to buffs the scratch out. As such, these floors and claddings are perfect for spaces such as kitchens, bars and places with larger-than-average footfall. Thanks to many of our floors being finished with either a lacquer or an oil (with a select few unfinished for you to decide on-site) you need not worry about daily dirt and dust either. A simple sweep, brush or mop will easily solve the problem. Orleans
is a strong example here – these dark coloured planks are finished with a burnished hardwax oil, which penetrates deep into the timber’s grain, blocking the ability for any dirt to fester inside the pores and keeping the solid oak wood flooring pristine throughout its lifespan. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, solid wood is a material entirely of the natural world and is one of the leading ways in which you can bring nature indoors. The look, the feel, even the smell all link you back to the outdoors in an instant, making your space a crisp, clean place of escape and comfort. Not many materials can achieve even half of this wonder, which makes a real wood floor so prestigious.
How do you install solid wood flooring?
Once you’ve made the investment into a beautiful new Ted Todd floor, you’ll want to install it correctly, to ensure that the floor will last the lifetime you come to expect from our floors. As such, you should only ever have your solid wood flooring or cladding be installed by a professional or experience fitter. Correct and careful subfloor (and wall) preparations make all the difference – the surface must be flat and dry to start, and there are many small details such as correct sanding and sizing that need to be taken into consideration before the bulk of the job can even start. Once all the correct checks have been made to both the subflooring and a timber itself the installation, via glue down or nail down method, can begin. Thanks to the easy tongue and groove profile and click system the floor can be knitted together with ease. Further guides can be found in our fitting and installation area, here
. Caring for your floor correctly is just as important as the fitting process, and such care should be completed by using one of our carefully created care systems. Care System 1 is for floors with hardened coatings and Care System 2 is designed with oil-based finishes in mind. We also have recently introduced Care Systems 3 and 4, which do the same, but have been carefully created for use on white floors. Should you opt for an unfinished solid wood flooring take care to match the finish you choose with the correct care – should you need any help, just give our expert time a call. No matter the system you are required to use, make sure you apply such every few weeks to keep your floor in the best possible condition for as long as possible. Please note that solid wood flooring should not be installed over underfloor heating and if you which to use such, please browse our engineered options instead.
Which rooms can benefit from solid wood flooring?
Any surface can be enhanced by using solid hardwood flooring and cladding. Whether that be the floor, the ceiling or the walls, you can easily add much-desired character and warmth to every corner of your project with a wood floor. These natural properties cannot be easily achieved with alternative materials and are amongst the prime reasons we love to work exclusively with real wood. Whether you are looking for a living room floor, a hotel room ceiling, or even a bar covering, we’ve seen our solid woods be used in a multitude of manners, so if you need some added inspiration, why not visit our projects page or our gallery. Furthermore, if you need a little extra advice, you can always call our expert team and they will be able to advise a suitable solid floor for your room, no matter the challenge of size or shape. For commercial enquiries, please visit our Studio Ted Todd page, and if you’re looking for a floor for personal use, your local Ted Todd retailer will be of massive help.
Shop our solid wood flooring sale
To see our full range of solid and engineered wood flooring, we recommend paying a visit to one of our Design Centres, which are based in Cheshire and London. Once there, you can make use of our expert advice, and fully understand what makes each floor special. Your local retail partner can also provide any information you may need, and you can locate them here.
If you’re a commercial customer, we recommend speaking to one of our industry experts about your design. With a wealth of collective experience, the team have seen projects of all shapes, sizes and specifications, so no matter how large the challenge, they have the knowledge you require. You can even order a Trade Price List online here
, which includes our entire Ted Todd and Woodworks by Ted Todd offering.
Get your free samples
Ordering a free sample of your favourite three wood floors is the best place to start with Ted Todd. Simply place the samples in your basket, fill out your details, and we’ll ship them out to you in no time at all. That way, you can begin the fun part, feeling and comparing the wood within your project, to make sure the floor is the perfect one for you.